UW-Eau Claire hosts suicide prevention presentation

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- According to a psychology study at UW-Eau Claire, nearly 1,100 college students commit suicide every year. To combat that statistic, the university along with Mayo Clinic Health System hosted a suicide prevention presentation Thursday evening.

The discussion was presented by retired San Francisco police officer Kevin Briggs and the man he talked down from jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, Kevin Berthia.

The presentation focused on raising awareness of depression and how to help someone who is suicidal.

Kevin Berthia says the simple message is listening can save lives.

"Everything that's going on in the world it's a failure of communication and the failure of communication is we're not listening to each other. That day on march 11, 2005 if I would have not been listened to and heard, I would not be here to spread my message of hope," Berthia said.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students.

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